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Prosecution in Howard murder presents DNA evidence

For many years, law enforcement authorities struggled with little crime scene evidence to find the person who killed Melissa Howard inside her Crestview home. “We don’t have anything to identify anyone but her. All the blood found on the scene was hers,” Crestview Police Inv. Robert Trent lamented s


Florida billionaire among men sought on charges of soliciting prostitution

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A billionaire is among the more than 100 men being sought on charges of soliciting prostitution in a major Florida operation targeting human trafficking. Florida Today reports John Childs, 77, is the subject of a warrant. He has not been arrested yet.


Firefighter injured in Crestview blaze

CRESTVIEW — One firefighter was injured Wednesday while fighting a house fire at the 300 block of McCallum Avenue. The Crestview Fire Department responded to the call at approximately 3:52 p.m., according to a social media post. When crews arrived, the duplex had significant smoke coming from the fr


Florida governor suspends mayor over allegations of attempted murder

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has suspended the mayor of Port Richey, Fla., after he was arrested Friday on charges of practicing medicine without a license in addition to charges of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at officers who came to arrest him.


Reviews on an illicit massage website helped Florida police crack a massive sex trafficking and prostitution ring that Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been tied to

An illicit massage website, rubmaps.com, helped Florida police break up a multi-agency sex trafficking and prostitution ring. The investigation led police to arrest New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and charge him with two counts of solicited prostitution.


Prep Softball, Baseball Roundup (With Northview vs. Catholic Gallery)

The Northview Chiefs beat Pensacola High 7-2 Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, Pensacola Catholic led with a homer on the way to a 13-1 win over the Chiefs. For a photo gallery, click here.


Prosecutors Indict 12 for Illegal Reentry

Panama City, Fla. - Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they had indicted 12 people for illegal reentering the country. Yony Javier Barraona Lopez, 25, of Honduras, allegedly reentered the United States illegally in December 2018, after being deported in 2011, 2013, and 2015. He was located in


Forest Acres manhunt suspect captured in Florida

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The man who triggered a day-long manhunt in Forest Acres earlier this month has been captured in Florida. Samuel Levone Neathery was taken into custody in Osceola County, Florida, which is just south of Orlando and includes the town of Kissimmee. Details on how he was arrested w


Florida man's death was blamed on alligators at first, but his mom's determination led to the truth

It was a few days before Christmas 2000. A pre-dawn duck hunting trip was Mike Williams' time alone before a busy anniversary weekend with his wife, Denise. As he had done so many times before, Mike got up around 3 a.m. and left his home in Tallahassee, Florida, for Lake Seminole about an hour away.


FHP: Faulty equipment caused crash that left vehicle overturned

CRESTVIEW — Faulty equipment caused a crash that left a vehicle overturned Thursday, officials say. According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Gary Aldridge, 68, of Shalimar, was driving his Ford Explorer on State Road 85 near Rattlesnake Bluff Road about noon when he lost control


The First-Ever All-Inclusive Resort in the Florida Keys Is Now Open (And It’s Just as Dreamy as You’d Expect)

Anyone who’s ever done the drive down the Overseas Highway knows the pure magic of the Florida Keys. Just a quick jaunt from Miami, the string of tropical islands boasts charming B&BS, towering palms, coral reefs, and striking 360-degree water views (AKA the makings of a dream beach vacation).


North Okaloosa road meeting leads to dirt on sales tax

BAKER — In an effort to discuss dirt roads, an Okaloosa County commissioner hosted a town hall meeting where the discussion shifted from paving to the county's half cent sales tax.


Holbrook a suspect early on in Howard killing

CRESTVIEW — Police interviews entered into evidence Thursday in the murder trial of David Russell Holbrook revealed that he was suspected early on to have played some role in the death of Melissa Howard.


Walton County Man Tased and Arrested in Holmes County

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. - A Walton County man attempts to elude law enforcement and ends up being tasered and arrested. The Holmes County Sheriff's Office said that a deputy attempted to pull over a truck driven by 36-year-old Wesley Adams Thompson for speeding.


Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a sex offender living in Gulf Breeze after multiple victims that had been in his custody as children accused him of sexual abuse.


CELEBRATE COMMUNITY: World's Greatest Babyshower coming to FWB

OKALOOSA ISLAND — The Healthy Start Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host The World’s Greatest Baby Shower from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.


Why a Destin charter school?

DESTIN — As the campaign to create a charter high school gains momentum, some residents are asking why — and want to know the difference between a charter and a public school.


Mom grieves Army son’s death seven years later

FORT WALTON BEACH — Beth Croft has changed. She remains distant from friends because anxiety that rarely reared its head in the past follows her every move. She prefers staying at home in her comfort zone despite being an outgoing person.


18-year-old facing several charges for shooting in Navarre

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — An 18-year-old is facing several charges after reports say he shot a man in the foot. The shooting happened on Panhandle Trail in Navarre on Thursday.


SHERIFF: Santa Rosa man arrested for selling LSD to undercover officer

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR-TV) — A Santa Rosa man was arrested after he sold more than 600 hits of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid to an undercover investigator.